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The Board of Directors for ABC Complete Kitchens has one more requirement for you before they are ready to turn operations over to the executive team. The board members would like your input regarding leadership of the new plant and the strategic environment in which the plant will operate. They have requested that you prepare a detailed description and discussion of factors and characteristics that the plant's executive team should use when selecting and developing the managers and supervisors that will run the plant. The board members also want you to describe and discuss the strategic environment, internally and externally, that they will use to help shape an overall strategic plan for the new manufacturing plant.

Your requirement is to research and write a paper that describes and discusses:
1. Leadership competencies, characteristics, and considerations that the plant's executive team should use when hiring new managers and supervisors for the plant.
2. The strategic environment of the new manufacturing plant using a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis process. Your analysis should consider not just the new start-up plant, but also the manufacturing industry as a whole.

Your paper for this assignment should be between 1,800-2,500 words in length, excluding coversheet, title page, and references. The paper should be formatted and written in APA format.
In addition to the textbook material for this course (properly cited within the paper), you must also use at least five (5) peer reviewed journal articles or other textbook references. Websites and other non-peer reviewed references may be used (and properly cited in APA format), but these supplemental references are not counted toward the requirement of at least five peer reviewed journal or other textbook references.

Your writing should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Responses should reflect graduate-level writing standards and have no spelling, grammar, or syntax errors.

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Business Leadership and Integration

Strategic analysis plays a vital role for the organizations. In order to set a new plant, it is essential to have a competent leadership and strategic environment (Ryall & Craig, 2003). A competent and effective leader can handle any critical situation in a smooth manner. Manager and supervisors are responsible for the entire operations of a new plant. There will be a discussion of leadership competency and strategic environment for the new plant of ABC Complete Kitchens. It will discuss competency, characteristics and considerations for the hiring of a new manager. A SWOT analysis will be also conducted.

Leadership Competencies, Characteristics and Considerations
Leadership is a process of directing, guiding and controlling the people to attain a common goal. A new plant needs a strong leadership that is competent enough to mitigate the risk of environmental risks and uncertainties (Storey, 2004). Effective leadership is directly related to the productivity and profitability. Without having a strong leadership at new plant, it is not possible to perform the operations in a right direction. Hiring of a manager or supervisor for a new plant is a critical task that must be performed thoughtfully. There are different aspects that should use by company executive in the selection procedure. These are as follow:

Leadership competencies: Leadership is a kind of direction given by the people to the followers. A manager and supervisor play a vital role in the success or failure of a plant operation. Leadership competencies assist the manager and supervisor to handle or manage critical situations (Storey, 2004). In order to ensure an effective operation Personnel that possess key competencies must be selected for a manager post. Key aspects that form a leader competent are as follow:

Leadership style: Leadership style must be considered by the manager. It is a vital competency for a leader. There are different leadership styles like charismatic leadership style, autocratic leadership style, democratic and participatory style. All these styles have their own implications for the organizations (Storey, 2004). An effective leadership style can result into a good management. Right use of leadership style most of the time results into a winning situation. Therefore, it is necessary to consider this factor while selecting and developing manager and supervisor for new plant.

Approach: Leadership approach followed by the personnel should be also assessed before selecting them for a manager or supervisor post.

Decision making: Decision making skills of a leader also act as a critical success factor in terms of organizational effectiveness (Lancaster & Reynolds, 2005). Decision making power of person should be also assessed before hiring as a manager or supervisor.

Problem solving skills: Problem solving skills also play a great role in the effective leadership practices. Only a good problem solver can face the challenges of competitors. So, it is necessary for executive team to consider the problem solving skills during the selection and development of manager and supervisor.

Initiative taking ability: Initiative taking ability is the standard for a competent leader. Some challenging tasks need initiatives by the responsible personnel like manager and supervisors (Grimme & Grimme, 2008). So, it should use while hiring managers and supervisors at new plant.

Characteristics: A leader posses different ...

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Business leadership, business integration and strategic management is examined.